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Olivier Assayas, 2012

Artificial Eye

Pascal’s Pensées and police baton charges; Trotskyism and psychedelia: rose-tinted revolution, before texts, Twitter, electronic surveillance.

Olivier Assayas provides nostalgie des barricades for 50-somethings who like to dream of radicalism as a world of mimeographed posters in smoky basements, night-time flyposting and fierce skinny French girls.

A vicious stunt gone wrong provides the vaguest plot structure as the movie degenerates into a long, long alternativist reverie of sex, drugs and terrible music, before reality – sort of – takes hold for teenage heroes Gilles (Clément Métayer) and Christine (Lola Créton).

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